"Heritage" or "Hate". It's almost cliche at this point. But what are the origins of the flag's heritage and hate?
Dr. Robert Luckett
Voting Rights for African Americans from Library of Congress
Transcript of Brown v. Board of Education (1954)
“As a white male christian southerner, this argument that our heritage isn’t somehow hate or that our heritage should somehow always be painted in rosy colors has never set well with me. The Mississippi flag and what it represents to the vast majority of Mississippians today is something that is oppressive, rooted in a history fundamentally based in the institution of slavery.”
–Dr. Robert Luckett
“Symbols matter. When you have a symbol that is connected with [a racist history] and you choose for that symbol to reflect who you are to the rest of the world, it says something about your values as a society… Mississippi is so much better than what it chooses to reflect itself as.” -Dr. Otis Pickett
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